Machshavah Lab

The Metaphysical Implications of Stubbing Your Toe

May 20, 2022 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 8 Episode 8
Machshavah Lab
The Metaphysical Implications of Stubbing Your Toe
Show Notes

This morning (5/20/22), in our "Machshavah Lab" series for women, I gave an experimental shiur about hashgachah. It would be great to give a shiur on how hashgachah pratis, reward and punishment, and Divine justice work. The problem is that these topics are WAY too broad and WAY too deep and WAY too beyond my knowledge level. However, there are many statements of Chazal which seem to presuppose that the average Jew WILL be able to frame the day to day events in their lives in the framework of the Torah's metaphysics. What, exactly, do Chazal expect us to do? Surely they don't expect everyone to ONLY apply these perspectives based on a full working knowledge of such lofty matters. This is the type of thinking that gave rise to this shiur. In particular, shiur focused on a single statement of Chazal about what to think when you stub (or scrape) your toe. The challenge was to explain how we're supposed to think about that statement, given our very limited knowledge of how God operates. Did we succeed? You'll be the judge of that!
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מקורות:
חולין דף ז עמוד ב
אוהלות א:ח
רמב"ם – מורה הנבוכים ג:כח
מאירי – בית הבחירה חולין דף ז עמוב ב
אבות ב:ז
מאירי – אבות א:יד
ספר החינוך – מעקה (מצוה תקמו)
מאירי - משלי י:ג
רמב"ם - מורה הנבוכים ב:מח
תהלים פרק לז
רש"י שם
אבן עזרא שם
רד"ק שם
משלי כ:כד
רבינו יונה שם
מאירי שם
כתובות דף ל עמוד א-ב
ריטב"א שם ד"ה דין ד' מיתות לא בטלו
תוספות שם ד"ה דין ד' מיתות לא בטלו
מאירי – בית הבחירה בבא בתרא דף י עמוד ב
משלי ו:טז-יט
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